susan mary malone

Happiness is a Story

Boys and girls sitting together in semi-circle


Okay, now, this really tweaked me. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego, in a study with the British Medical Journal, found that if you’re happy, thank your friends and family network! The study showed that happiness occurs in a collective group, and then spreads through social networks like a virus. The good kind of virus. Seriously. It actually spreads. The happiness of 5,000 individuals was studied over twenty years, and researchers found that when an individual is happy, the network effect is measurable up to three degrees. In other words, if you’re happy, that causes a chain reaction to not only your friends, but to their friends’ friends, and their friends’ friends’ friends. And this happiness stays around for a year! Wow! “We’ve found that your emotional state may depend on the emotional experiences ...
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